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Whether you have your children full time or you only get occasional visitations with them, it is essential that you figure out how to balance the time you spend with them and the time you spend at work. The chances are good that your financial demands dictate how much you have to work. However, you also need to recognize that your family demands change once you get a divorce.

While your spouse was there before to help with the kids, he or she is no longer in the picture. If you have a new relationship that person should not have to step up and care for your children. You need to find a way to balance your work obligations with the obligations you have to your children.

Be reasonable

Before you get into talks about parenting time, Forbes suggests that you have a pretty good idea of your schedule and your children’s schedules. If you know they need to be at school every day at 8:00 a.m., but you are at work at that time, then you either need to make adjustments to your schedule or concede that you will not be able to keep them on school nights because you cannot get them to school.

It is also important that you make sure you understand their activities and other needs. You want to be sure that you can accommodate them whenever you do have them with you. Also, be realistic about how much you can adjust your work schedule so that you do not make commitments you cannot keep.

Put your children first

If you have a demanding job, you may need to make some changes. In order to keep a meaningful relationship with your children, you need to ensure you have time to spend with them. This may require making some professional changes.

A divorce changes many things in your life. The time you spend with your children becomes incredibly valuable to you and them, so make sure that you find a way to balance your work and home lives so that you can be there for them.